Video and podcast: “Race and Racism in the 2016 Presidential Election”

The 2016 Presidential election brought issues of race and racism to the forefront of American politics and forced journalists to confront how to cover these topics without providing a platform for hate groups. Slate chief political correspondent and CBS News political analyst Jamelle Bouie joined MIT Communications Forum director Seth Mnookin to explore how race and ethnicity framed the election and how journalists and content creators can improve coverage of these issues moving forward.


Jamelle Bouie’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, the Washington Post, and The Nation. He is a former a staff writer at The Daily Beast and currently serves as a political analyst for CBS News and chief political correspondent for Slate.

Moderator: Seth Mnookin is the director of the MIT Communications Forum and director of MIT’s Graduate Program in Science Writing. His most recent book, The Panic Virus: The True Story Behind the Vaccine-Autism Controversy, won the “Science in Society” award from the National Association of Science Writers.

This event was sponsored by Radius at MIT.

Andrew Whitacre

Communications Director